Are you interested in leasing office space in downtown Dayton? If so, this program could be for you!
Activated Spaces was launched in downtown in 2011 and helped launch successful businesses like Beaute Box, Hick’s Barbershop, Spice Paradise and Twist Cupcakery. Since the inception of the project 25 shops have launched, 13 of which are still open. The project has activated more than 25,000 square feet of previously vacant space and 41 new jobs have been created. This volunteer project, which is part of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan is now launching Activated Office, a new program focusing on activating empty office space and providing entrepreneurs an opportunity to test out downtown as their business address.
The ultimate goal of the Activated Office project is to create a vibrant downtown that serves as a location for people to work, collaborate, and innovate. The selected office space is located on the eighth floor of Liberty Tower (120 W. Second St.) and is remodeled in order to host up to three companies in a collaborative environment.
Activated Office tenants will receive a short-term lease option for downtown office space, a small stipend to help offset startup costs, and a below market lease rate. In addition, each selected business will receive 10 hours of free legal services from Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling and 15 hours of free marketing support from either Catapult Creative or Creative Fuse.
Please note all proposals will remain confidential until accepted into the program. Upon acceptance into the program, all Activated Office tenants will be featured in publications and marketing materials. By submitting your application, you are not committed to leasing space if accepted.
Pop-up lease terms are three to six months and long term leases are encouraged after the lease terms expire. Lease terms will be negotiated directly with the property owner. Flexibility for the tenant is a priority.
Community Resources for Business Planning
There are several resources in the community who are available to assist with writing a business plan or answer any questions you may have before taking your business to the next level. Please utilize them if necessary before turning in your application.
- October 12, 2018: Deadline for pop-up project application.
- Week of October 22, 2018: Interviews conducted with top applicants, Pop-up tenants selected.
- Week of October 29, 2018: Notify winners.